Panadura SC contemplates legal action


Secretary of Panadura SC Nuwan Samaranayake explains a point as President of the club Jayantha Silva looks on.

by Rex Clementine

Panadura Sports Club is contemplating legal action after Sri Lanka Cricket imposed severe sanction against the club following alleged match-fixing during their First Class match against Kalutara PCC, club officials told journalists during a media briefing at the club premises yesterday.

Panadura SC were handed a fine of Rs. 500,000 and all their players received suspension after SLC declared that the Premier League Tier ‘B’ match between the teams was played against the Spirit of Cricket. The club was denied the points they gained from the game meaning they will not get promotion to Tier ‘A’ this season.

Club officials said that unless SLC reverses these decisions they were left with no alternative but to take legal action. The officials added that they have a strong case to argue.

"This club was established in 1922 and I can proudly say that we have no black marks whatsoever. We have a proud history. Some well-known people have served our club including former cricket board secretary Mr. Neil Perera. This is a conspiracy against us. The image of the club and that of our players has been tarnished. The players have not been given a fair hearing and we will make an appeal to SLC. If we don’t get a fair hearing, we have left with no alternative but to take legal action," Nuwan Samaranayake, the Secretary of the club, told journalists.

"If there was any foul play, the Match Referee should have stated so in his report at the end of play. He didn’t do that. Then later, the Match Referee filed another report. So there are two reports by the Match Referee," Jayantha Silva, President of the club, said.

The said game was severely affected by rain and SLC maintained that in order to arrive at a result on the final day, both teams played against the Spirit of the Game. A total of more than 600 runs were scored in 60 overs on the final day as Panadura won the game. Kalutara although lost the game, by scoring enough runs were able to safeguard their First Class status without being relegated to Sara Trophy.

Panadura SC has produced several Sri Lankan cricketer including Tillekeratne Dilshan, Ravindra Pushpakumara, Don Anurasiri, Akila Dananjaya and Dilruwan Perera.

While all club players were given a one-year ban from all cricket activities along with the coaches, the two captains received a two-year suspension.

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